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Bachelor of Education

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


Te Rito Maioha Early Childhood New Zealand


Through the Bachelor of Education, you will gain a deep and relevant knowledge of current education issues, thinking, human development and learning, advocacy, ethics, curriculum design, social and cultural identity.

This Level 7 degree programme is designed for those who want to build or advance wide-ranging careers in policy, community planning, resource development, child advocacy, leadership, management, youth or social work, and more.

The Bachelor of Education programme draws on the latest national and international research and Te Rito Maioha’s recognised expertise in teaching, learning and education in a bicultural context. It examines education through a social justice, bicultural and rights lens for ?konga from birth to 18 years old.

International students will gain insight into New Zealand’s world-leading education sector and an internationally recognised qualification.

The programme offers a pathway to further study, including graduate early childhood & primary teaching qualifications and postgraduate programmes.

Programme delivery
The Bachelor of Education is a 3-year full-time degree. It is taught entirely online and has no block courses or work requirements.

The programme comprises 12 courses. You will need to set aside approximately 36 hours a week for study.

Education in Aotearoa New Zealand
This course is an introduction to the education system in Aotearoa New Zealand. Students will gain an understanding of the history, organization, structures and stakeholders involved in the education system. The course presents the distinctive bicultural nature of education development in Aotearoa New Zealand underpinned by the Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Cultural Identity
This course examines identity of self, culture and society. Students are asked to reflect on how their own identities have been shaped by contextual influences (for example social, cultural and political factors) reflected in their own educational experiences.

The notion of cultural identity and cultural responsiveness in education is examined and includes Western and Maori concepts and how these relate to one’s own identity, locality and indigenous viewpoints. The course introduces students to the place education has in honouring and upholding the social and cultural justice agendas of Te tiriti o Waitangi.

Human Development: Theories of Learning and Development
This course explores the development of children in the early years. Students will gain an understanding of childhood and children’s lives focusing on theories and the nature of childhood and what a tamariki child is. This is examined through the multiple lens of theoretical and cultural approaches of human development

International perspectives of education
This course introduces students to a range of contextual factors that influence an education system and its curriculum and policy design and implementation. The course includes opportunities to analyse what are the key drivers in curriculum aspirations, design and implementation including assessment practices in a range of international contexts.

Learning Methods
This programme is fully online, which means that you can study from home with no commitment to attending face-to-face block courses. Your study will be self-directed, but you will engage with lecturers and other students through your online study portal.

Entry criteria

To study in this programme, you must:

  • be at least 17 years old (or 18 years old for international students)
  • show the skills and ability to study at tertiary level, either:
    • University Entrance or better (or overseas equivalent), including the literacy and numeracy standards needed for entrance to a New Zealand university. See
    • equivalent skills and ability gained through work or voluntary experience or other learning
  • show proficiency in English if English or te reo Maori is not your first language. The minimum requirement is Academic IELTS 6.0, with no band lower than 5.5, or PTE Academic overall mark of 50.

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